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14 Untranslatable Words Shown In Incredibly Stunning Illustrations

14 Untranslatable Words Shown In Incredibly Stunning Illustrations

The languages of the world are a beautiful thing. Although most objects have direct translations into all different languages, many ideas and concepts are unique to the culture in which the language exists. Because of this, a word used frequently in one language might be completely alien to another, and require a sentence-long explanation. Thankfully, artist Marija Tiurina has created these illustrations to explain some of the strangest culture-specific words in the world:

1. Palegg, Norwegian for “anything you can put on a slice of bread”

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    I’m not saying you should put any and everything on a slice of bread, but I’m not not saying that, either. (Disclaimer: Please only put edible things on your slices of bread.)

    2. Duende, Spanish for “the mysterious power a work of art has on a person”

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      Remember that scene in Ferris Beuller’s Day Off when Cameron became transfixed with George Seurat’s “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte”? That.

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      3. Baku-shan, Japanese for “a girl that looks beautiful when viewed from behind”

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        I disagree here. There’s definitely an English translation for this. You just have to check Urban Dictionary to find it. (And no, I’m not going to tell you what it is)

        4. L’appel Duvide, French for “the instinctive urge to jump from a high place”

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          Does anyone really suffer from this? I mean, I guess if they do, they don’t for long. Sorry, I guess that was a bit insensitive.

          5. Tingo, Pascuense for “taking objects of desire from a friend’s house over a period of time by borrowing and not returning them”

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            “Hey neighbor, did I lend you my shovel?” “Oh, yeah a few weeks ago. It’s in my tool shed next to your lawn mower, your rake, and your step ladder.”

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            6. Schadenfreude, German for “feeling pleasure from other’s pain or misfortune”

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              Of all the words on this list, you’ve probably heard this one before. I know we’re supposed to be kind to everyone, turn the other cheek and all that…but when karma takes over and someone gets what’s coming to them, sometimes you just have to sit back and enjoy the show.

              7. Kyoikumama, Japanese for “a mother who relentlessly pushes her children toward academic achievement”

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                All joking aside, the rate of suicide for young men in Japan is astronomical because of the pressure they face to do well in school.

                8. Schlimazl, Yiddish for “a chronically unlucky person”

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                  Being a bit of a schlimazl myself, I have to take extra precautions when leaving the house, driving to the store, taking a shower…you name it, I’ve probably hurt myself doing it.

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                  9. Age-otori, Japanese for “to look worse after a haircut”

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                    Who here hasn’t gotten a bad haircut at least once in their life? Don’t worry, it grows back.

                    10. Luftmensch, Yiddish for “air person,” meaning “someone who is a bit of a dreamer”

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                      Get your head out of the clouds and come back to Earth. There’s work to do!

                      11. Tretar, Swedish for “a second refill of a cup of coffee”

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                        Just order a venti and you won’t have to keep asking for more.

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                        12. Gufra, Arabic for “the amount of water that can be held in cupped hands”

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                          Also the sound you make when you accidentally inhale water while splashing your face in the morning.

                          13. Cafuné, Brazilian Portuguese for “to run your fingers through someone’s hair tenderly”

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                            I love when my wife cafunés me. Sorry, that sounds a bit dirty.

                            14. Torschlusspanik, German for “the fear of diminishing opportunities as one ages”

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                              “There are so many things I haven’t done!” Sounds like a mid-life crisis to me. Except it’s more focused on abilities and skills than, you know, sports cars and pretty women.

                              Featured photo credit: Marija Tiurina via facebook.com

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                              Last Updated on December 10, 2019

                              5 Smart Reasons to Start Journal Writing Today

                              5 Smart Reasons to Start Journal Writing Today

                              Here’s the truth: your effectiveness at life is not what it could be. You’re missing out.

                              Each day passes by and you have nothing to prove that it even happened. Did you achieve something? Go on a date? Have an emotional breakthrough? Who knows?

                              But what you do know is that you don’t want to make the same mistakes that you’ve made in the past.

                              Our lives are full of hidden gems of knowledge and insight, and the most recent events in our lives contain the most useful gems of all. Do you know why? It’s simple, those hidden lessons are the most up to date, meaning they have the largest impact on what we’re doing right now.

                              But the question is, how do you get those lessons? There’s a simple way to do it, and it doesn’t involve time machines:

                              Journal writing.

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                              Improved mental clarity, the ability to see our lives in the big picture, as well as serving as a piece of evidence cataloguing every success we’ve ever had; we are provided all of the above and more by doing some journal writing.

                              Journal writing is a useful and flexible tool to help shed light on achieving your goals.

                              Here’s 5 smart reasons why you should do journal writing:

                              1. Journals Help You Have a Better Connection with Your Values, Emotions, and Goals

                              By journaling about what you believe in, why you believe it, how you feel, and what your goals are, you understand your relationships with these things better. This is because you must sort through the mental clutter and provide details on why you do what you do and feel what you feel.

                              Consider this:

                              Perhaps you’ve spent the last year or so working at a job you don’t like. It would be easy to just suck it up and keep working with your head down, going on as if it’s supposed to be normal to not like your job. Nobody else is complaining, so why should you, right?

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                              But a little journal writing will set things straight for you. You don’t like your job. You feel like it’s robbing you of happiness and satisfaction, and you don’t see yourself better there in the future.

                              The other workers? Maybe they don’t know, maybe they don’t care. But you do, you know and care enough to do something about it. And you’re capable of fixing this problem because your journal writing allows you to finally be honest with yourself about it.

                              2. Journals Improve Mental Clarity and Help Improve Your Focus

                              If there’s one thing journal writing is good for, it’s clearing the mental clutter.

                              How does it work? Simply, whenever you have a problem and write about it in a journal, you transfer the problem from your head to the paper. This empties the mind, allowing allocation of precious resources to problem-solving rather than problem-storing.

                              Let’s say you’ve been juggling several tasks at work. You’ve got data entry, testing, e-mails, problems with the boss, and so on—enough to overwhelm you—but as you start journal writing, things become clearer and easier to understand: Data entry can actually wait till Thursday; Bill kindly offered earlier to do my testing; For e-mails, I can check them now; the boss is just upset because Becky called in sick, etc.

                              You become better able to focus and reason your tasks out, and this is an indispensable and useful skill to have.

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                              3. Journals Improve Insight and Understanding

                              As a positive consequence of improving your mental clarity, you become more open to insights you may have missed before. As you write your notes out, you’re essentially having a dialogue with yourself. This draws out insights that you would have missed otherwise; it’s almost as if two people are working together to better understand each other. This kind of insight is only available to the person who has taken the time to connect with and understand themselves in the form of writing.

                              Once you’ve gotten a few entries written down, new insights can be gleaned from reading over them. What themes do you see in your life? Do you keep switching goals halfway through? Are you constantly dating the same type of people who aren’t good for you? Have you slowly but surely pushed people out of your life for fear of being hurt?

                              All of these questions can be answered by simply self-reflecting, but you can only discover the answers if you’ve captured them in writing. These questions are going to be tough to answer without a journal of your actions and experiences.

                              4. Journals Track Your Overall Development

                              Life happens, and it can happen fast. Sometimes we don’t take the time to stop and look around at what’s happening to us at each moment. We don’t get to see the step-by-step progress that we’re making in our own lives. So what happens? One day it’s the future, and you have no idea how you’ve gotten there.

                              Journal writing allows you to see how you’ve changed over time, so you can see where you did things right, and you can see where you took a misstep and fell.

                              The great thing about journals is that you’ll know what that misstep was, and you can make sure it doesn’t happen again—all because you made sure to log it, allowing yourself to learn from your mistakes.

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                              5. Journals Facilitate Personal Growth

                              The best thing about journal writing is that no matter what you end up writing about, it’s hard to not grow from it. You can’t just look at a past entry in which you acted shamefully and say “that was dumb, anyway!” No, we say “I will never make a dumb choice like that again!”

                              It’s impossible not to grow when it comes to journal writing. That’s what makes journal writing such a powerful tool, whether it’s about achieving goals, becoming a better person, or just general personal-development. No matter what you use it for, you’ll eventually see yourself growing as a person.

                              Kickstart Journaling

                              How can journaling best be of use to you? To vent your emotions? To help achieve your goals? To help clear your mind? What do you think makes journaling such a useful life skill?

                              Know the answer? Then it’s about time you reap the benefits of journal writing and start putting pen to paper.

                              Here’s what you can do to start journaling:

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